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What are dental pulp stem cells?

Dental pulp stem cells (DPSC’s) are stem cells we can extract from part of human teeth. In most cases we extract them from milk teeth, but this can be done from almost any human teeth, so molars are also the common source. Dental pulp stem cells are one of youngest sources of stem cells. They were discovered in 2000 by Dr. Songtao Shi, a U.S. based researcher and professor and it led to an article published in PNAS in 2003 where these cells were referred to as SHED. Stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth.

Facts about dental pulp

The dental pulp is the part in the center of a tooth (“live” part of the tooth) made up of living connective tissue and cells called odontoblasts.
Inside the soft living tissue scientists have discovered various types of stem cells, which have the potential to form various types of cells.
The number of cells found in dental pulp is low, when compared to other sources like bone marrow or cord blood, but they have the ability to expand and we actually bank number of cells above 1 million, with the right potential to be used in treatments.



Usage of DPSC’s in medicine

When speaking of Dental Pulp Stem Cells, we speak mostly of Mesenchymal stem cells that have the ability to for many types of cells and are the key to successful regenerative medicine treatments.
Mesenchymal stem cells will most likely be the most desired type of stem cells in the future, because of very wide range of applications they offer. We use them to treat diseases linked to nerves, bones, cartilage and other tissues.
Amongst other interesting clinical studies, treatment of Diabetes Type 1 is currently active.



Types of cells in Dental Pulp

A simple explanation of Mesenchymal stem cells is that these are the cells that form tissues in our bodies. Amongst others, these are some of the cells DPSC’s develop into:
Myocardiocytes to repair damaged cardiac tissue following a heart attack

  • Neuronal to generate nerve and brain tissue
  • Myocytes to repair muscle
  • Osteocytes to generate bone
  • Chondrocytes to generate cartilage
  • Adipocytes to generate hearth tissue and fat
  • Bone and tissue from the oral cavity


Doctors about Dental Pulp SC

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Process / How DP banking works

STEP 01 APPLICATION

It is important you have all the information you need, that is why our support is always there for you. Give us a call at 1300 533 474 and a stem cell specialist will answer all of your questions. Once you have all the information required, you enroll using the online application form or give us a call and we will guide you through the process.We will deliver the collection kit at your address and you will later use it to send the tooth to our laboratory.

STEP 02 COLLECTION OF TOOTH

Collecting milk teeth for dental pulp stem cell banking is as easy as it gets and it is usually done by clients, without visiting the dentist. All you have to do is wait for the tooth to come out the natural way, place it in plastic jar which is included in collection kit and pack using simple instructions. Than all you need to do is to inform us the tooth is ready to be collected. A member of our staff will be always there for you in case of any questions that might come up at any point.

STEP 03 PROCESSING, TESTING, STORAGE

When the tooth is received, our laboratory staff will extract stem cells from dental pulp – center of the tooth – and start the process of expanding them.
After 14 but in less than 21 days the number of cells will be higher than 1 million and next to this we will also check their viability and possible microbiological contamination.
Only when all above show good results we will store the cells in liquid nitrogen vapour phase tanks where they will be safe for decades to come. In case any of above mentioned criteria is not met, we will simply repeat the process with the next tooth, at no additional cost.

Pricing

Step 01: Choose your package

Transport, extraction, expansion, testing and storage of dental pulp stem cells.

Price:

$1,975.00
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Step 02: Choose your option

Dual storage

Store samples on 2 separate locations for extra security.

Price:

$300.00

Collector

Specially trained collector will collect cord blood and tissue after delivery.

Price:

$300.00
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Step 03: Choose your storage plan

Year to year

Choose this option if you wish to pay for the storage "as you go".

$150.00

10 years

This option includes additional 10 years of storage at a special price.

$1,000.00

You save: $500.00

20 years

This option includes additional 20 years of storage at a special price.

$1,500.00

You save: $1,500.00

30 years

This option includes additional 30 years of storage at a special price.

$2,000.00

You save: $2,500.00

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Total payment

$

Stemlife financing

24 x $

Deposit:

Payable - $150.00 upon application.

 

 

 

FAQ

We are waiting for all the questions and are happy to answer them. You can give us a call at 1300 553 474, send us an email at info@stemlife.com.au or use the “live chat” on this page.

Our phone support is available every day between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm, including weekends and public holidays.
You can give us a call at 1300 553 474 or simply enroll online.
You can give us a call at 1300 553 474 or simply enroll online.

When should I enroll?
You should not wait for your child’s tooth to become loose – it is recommended to enroll before, because we have to ship collection kit to you.

We also suggest you do not wait until your child has only 1 or 2 suitable teeth, because in that case we can not repeat the process when needed.
You can check our latest prices and payment options here or simply give us a call at 1300 553 474.
Unlike with other sources, dental pulp stem cells are very easy to collect and you do not have to include any health care professionals. Most times parents simply wait for the tooth to come out the natural way and that is perfectly fine.

Collection kit does include simple instructions and next to it you can always give us a call at 1300 553 474 and we will help
You do not have to, but of course can if you decide to do so
The transport of kit is organized in advance by Stemlife and the cost is included in the price of the service.

All you have to do is to give us a call and order the pick-up.
As you will be instructed the tooth can be send from Monday – Thursday. You can not arrange the pick-up on a public holiday.
Yes. Following instructions the tooth has to be placed in provided jar straight away. Please see instructions for packaging or give us a call at 1300 553 474 if unsure.
Sorry, we can not process the teeth unless they arrive to our laboratory while they are still fresh.

So, we can not isolate and process dental pulp stem cells from old teeth you kept.
Our trained staff will cut the tooth in half, so they can get to the center of the tooth. They will than extract a relatively small number of extremely powerful stem cells which will be expanded in the process that takes approximately 3 weeks.

Only when the number of cells is high enough and we know they are viable and not contaminated, we will store them.
It is not always the same and the exact number will only be presented to you after the process is complete.

But, in order for sample to pass Stemlife quality standards, the number of cells will have to be higher than 1 million cells.
Mostly Mesenchymal stem cells – so the cells that “build” tissues and can develop into many other cell types.

Mesenchymal stem cells have amongst all stem cell types the widest range of usage in medicine.
The process normally takes between 14 and 21 days, but this depend on how fast the cells expand.
Good news about dental pulp stem cell banking is we can repeat the process if we do not meet Stemlife quality standards.

In case where we repeat the process Stemlife will cover all costs connected to it.

In order for us to be able to do that you should not wait until your child has only one tooth left.
Stemlife operates its own long term storage facilities. There are two storage locations and both locations have back-up alarm, electricity generation and liquid nitrogen systems and 24 hour security.
Stemlife uses vapour phase nitrogen. This ensures no transmission of contaminates from the surface of one container to another.
Stemlife will provide you with confirmation when your child’s dental pulp stem cells are safely stored in the long term storage facility. Processing results will also be advised.
Stemlife has been operational since 2006. Over last years the company has built its own laboratory and expanded services to include cord tissue and dental pulp stem cell storage.

In the unlikely event that Stemlife ever encountered financial difficulties, escrow arrangements with another stem cell bank will ensure stem cell product security. Part of each service fee received is allocated to a sinking fund for this purpose.
Stemlife will use its best endeavours to contact the parents (including guardians) by telephone and provide notification in writing that if fees are not paid by a designated date then the stem cells may be discarded 90 days thereafter.
An additional fee may apply for late/ urgent enrolments. Please call Stemlife to discuss.
temlife club offers discounts in case you decide to store stem cells for multiple children. Please visit Stemlife club page for latest discounts or hive us a call at 1300 553 474.
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